“I wouldn’t say that he didn’t see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit. Right as I was in the top of the backswing, I think he must have pulled like a 5-wood or a 3-wood and obviously everybody started screaming. So that didn’t help very much. It’s unfortunate.” – Sergio Garcia, blaming Tiger Woods after blocking a shot from the second fairway deep into the right trees during the third round of The Players. The comment ignited a war of words through the media and made an already frosty relationship that much colder.
“Well, the marshal told me (Sergio) already hit so I pulled a club and was ready to play my shot. Then I heard his comments afterward, and it’s not real surprising that he’s complaining about something.” – Woods, responding to Garcia’s accusations.
“I’m not going to lie, he’s not my favorite guy to play with. He’s not the nicest guy on Tour.” – Garcia, getting in one last shot at Woods after finishing the third round, which was suspended because of darkness, on Sunday morning. When asked about not playing with Woods in the final round, Garcia responded, “I think it’s good for both of us. We don’t enjoy each other’s company. You don’t need to be a rocket engineer to figure that out.”
“We didn’t do a lot of talking.” – Woods, when asked if he ever spoke directly to Garcia about the incident.
“I said, ‘Hey, Dad, I just made $1,800,’ and he hung up on me.” – Fred Couples, on his dad’s reaction when he impulsively turned pro and skipped his senior year at the University of Houston to play in the Queen Mary Open, a regional professional event at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, Calif. He called his parents after the tournament with the news.
“The seven in a row was like a conveyor belt, in many ways. I couldn't get off it. I was going to say a treadmill, but I've never been on that.” – Colin Montgomerie, on the eight Order of Merits he won on the European tour, including seven in a row from 1993-99.
“I vote on the basis of who’s worthy, and there’s always majors in it for me. He won’t be remembered for the Ryder Cup when he’s dead and buried. It will just be something that happened in a Ryder Cup. I understand he has a fantastic record and is a great player, but he should have won majors.” – Two-time major champion Tony Jacklin, to the Florida Times-Union, on Montgomerie’s Hall of Fame induction.
“At that time, I didn't have a manager, or an agent, or a lawyer, or a chef, or a masseuse, or a trainer, or a cellphone, or anyone to call. I made what was probably, at the time, the dumbest decision I ever made. Turned out to be the greatest decision.” – Couples, again, on his decision to turn pro.
“I think everybody is just kind of in shock. Anytime you tell someone if they don’t already know, everybody just can’t believe it. It seemed like the Tour did everything they could to protect him. It seems like the opposite of what the suit claims.” – Bob Estes, on Vijay Singh’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour.
“The biggest disappointment of the day was on the first tee because (the announcer) didn’t announce me as the Masters champion.” – Adam Scott, after he was introduced as the 2004 Players champion before Thursday’s first round of The Players Championship.
“We were talking about his girlfriend, Caroline. I was asking a bunch of questions about her, just because my daughter and my wife are into tennis. Yeah, I don’t care about Rory, I was asking about Caroline.” – Steve Stricker, on what he talked about with playing-partner Rory McIlroy during the first round of The Players. McIlroy’s girlfriend is tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
“The cut streak means nothing. You don’t get a gold star at the end of the day or a gold medal or a million dollars for having the longest cut streak. It means diddly squat.” – Billy Horschel, after his cut streak ended at The Players Championship after having made 23 consecutive cuts.